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Weird Al

Truth be told, Weird Al's comeback was a zillion times better than the one orchestrated by Garth Brooks. (Sorry, Garth.) Weird Al returned to music this week with a new album and five music videos to go along with it. His new songs take on popular songs like Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and Lorde's "Royals." His versions talk about everything from bad grammar to the Illuminati (in a song about foil, no less), and there are more music videos on the way. Welcome back, Weird Al!

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is back with a vengeance. The country singer made headlines recently for two reasons: one, because he held a press conference yesterday to confirm his return to music and the concert stage (the latter of which he first revealed back in December during a "Good Morning America" appearance, at left); and two, because of Ireland. Poor ol' Ireland. Back in December, Brooks announced he would play two comeback concerts at Croke Park Stadium. When the shows sold out immediately, he added three more dates and ultimately sold more than 400,000 tickets for the five-night event. But several businesses and residents near the stadium complained about the shows; as a rule, only three "special events" are supposed to take place each year at the stadium. They asked him to cancel two of his shows. In response, Brooks — citing a desire to be fair to all of his Irish fans — cancelled all five shows. Basically: it's kind of a mess. Ireland aside, however, Brooks used his press conference to confirm several things: new music by the end of July; a new album sometime around Black Friday (his first, by the way, since 2001); and when more details about his upcoming tour will be released (July 14). All in all, given that people are talking about Garth Brooks again, I'd say it's probably a pretty good week for him.

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Top 5 Baseball Player Cameos in Movies and TV

For as long as anyone can remember, athletes have wanted to be actors or musicians and vice-versa. Today we celebrate all those baseball players who took their shot in the TV/Movie business. Here are my Top 5 appearances in TV shows or movies by baseball players:

The Simpsons

Players Featured: Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey, Jr., Steve Sax, Ozzie Smith, José Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia

If you were to ask a "Simpsons" fan the question: what is the best episode ever? The majority of them would answer "Homer at the Bat." The 1992 episode of the classic cartoon features nine MLB players, each of whom have funny scenes throughout the episode. From Bart heckling Darryl Strawberry from the stands to Mr. Burns yelling at Don Mattingly to shave his sideburns, this is definitely the best example of MLB cameos.

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5 Summer Events Kids Will Love

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School's out, which is the perfect time to find something fun for the entire family to do. Whether your kids are sports enthusiasts or superhero fans, there are plenty of things for them to do this summer. Here are our top 5!

#1 Baseball Game

Baseball games are a staple of the spring and summer months. First, there's the game itself: baseball is one of the most beloved sports in America. Kids, especially those on a Little League team, will adore seeing the live-action game in person. There's nothing quite like hearing the crack of the bat or seeing the players we idolize from afar live in person. Baseball games are a fun family affair too, providing a chance to root for your favorite team together. Plus, it's a great chance to enjoy the outdoors on a nice summer day, indulge in concession stand food, and get caught up in the excitement of the experience. (Plus, we may or may not be running a pretty cool baseball promotion to go along with this one. Just sayin'.)

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Luis Suarez (and other World Cup highlights)

Everyone knew soccer player Luis Suarez's name this week when he sunk his teeth into opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the match between Uruguay and Italy. The weird thing? This is not the first time Suarez has bitten an opponent. Biting someone once is one time too many, but multiple times? Seriously? Suarez was banned for nine international matches and suspended for four months from any football activity by FIFA. Of the bite, Suarez simply said, "I've collided with his shoulder" and insisted the whole thing wasn't a big deal. I imagine his feelings would be a little different had he been the one bitten in the shoulder, but okay. In less bizarre news, Team USA advanced to the World Cup knockout stage. Congrats, Team USA!

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